Cops calling ‘time’ over CBD drinkers

NZ Herald 23 Sept 2013
A group of the country’s most senior police officers have attacked plans to allow city bars to stay open three hours later than pubs in the suburbs, warning people will hop in their cars and head for the bright lights after drinking at their local.

They say it will result in greater drunken disorder, violence and road crashes, but a council discussion paper dismissed their suggestions for changing a booze-swilling culture as unjustified.

A deputation of Acting Assistant Commissioner Bill Searle, Auckland City District Commander Mike Clement and prevention manager Inspector Gary Davey met the council before it considered recommendations from the council’s community safety committee.

Led by councillor George Wood, a former police manager, the forum proposed a closing time of 3am for bars in the CBD with a one-way door policy starting at 2am for both CBD and city fringe areas such as Ponsonby, Parnell, Takapuna, New Lynn, Albany and Manukau.

Maximum trading hours in the suburbs could be 8am to 1am.